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Welcome back, and welcome to the Bruns

sharkieNo matter how old you get, the first day of school always kind of feels the same.

Sure, when you were five years old you might not have been suppressing the urge to spill your guts on the front steps from that lingering hangover you’ve been nursing all morning and the churning mass of ramen and Nestea that has become your lifeblood this past week, but that same unmistakable feeling of dread mixed with at least a little excitement never really goes away from year to year.

However, if on this yet another first day you find yourself feeling mostly dread, I urge you to remind yourself that you’re at UNB, and (at the risk of sounding like that grating Family Channel promo circa 2006) there’s never a dull moment here on campus.

Last year was certainly evidence of this.

The 2013-2014 school year was, to say the least, an eventful one for UNB. From a faculty strike whose reverberations are still being felt to dramatic budget cuts that prompted some departments to demonstrate their discontent with a series of non-confidence votes, many are returning to  campus this year with more than a little concern for what the school year may have in store.

But as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Brunswickan, it is my promise that we will be there for it — whatever it is — and you students will be the first to know about it.

Whatever goes down on this crazy campus in the next eight months, it’s sure to be another exciting school year, and Canada’s oldest official student publication will be right there to guide you through it with in-depth reporting of the facts and insightful opinions on those facts.

And hey, if you’re not into the hard news side of things, we’ll also have some stellar sports and arts coverage this year, too.

Keep in mind there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the Brunswickan, and we’re only ever a few flights down in the bowels of the Student Union Building.

This alone should be enough to get you through this first day back — if not the promise of that mouth-watering bowl of Mr. Noodles waiting for you back home.

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